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When it came time to find a mate for life, Jessa Duggar followed her family's advice. She got engaged to Ben Seewald last week, so it clearly worked.

Earlier this year, Jill Duggar married Derick Dillard, having not only taken her dad's approach to dating - sorry, courting - but having him set her up!

Fans of TLC's hit reality show 19 Kids & Counting know the family's views of love and relationships may seem extreme, but they feel they're onto something.

The Duggars' approach goes go far beyond their rules of chaperoned dates, no hand-holding until you get engaged, and saving your first kiss until marriage.

It's about making a deep connection, and keeping it.

By setting boundaries, establishing accountability and making it a family-wide affair, here are five Duggar Family rules for dating that will make love last:

It's Called COURTING!
Dating means you're shopping around, says Jim Bob Duggar, while courtship is the path toward marriage. Courting is getting to know each other in a group setting, both families spending time together and the couple setting goals together to determine if they are meant to marry or not.

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With Jill and Derick Dillard having married earlier this year, we thought it was just matter of time until we saw Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald engaged.

We thought right.

Newlywed Jill congratulated her younger sister on her long-rumored engagement to boyfriend Ben Seewald hours after the big news was revealed.

"Congratulations on your engagement @jessaseewald @ben_seewald!" Jill wrote to the future spouses. "We are so happy for y'all! #benseewald #jessaseewald."

Jessa Duggar, Jill Duggar, Ben Seewald and Derick Dillard

19 Kids and Counting star Jessa Duggar, 21, and her boyfriend, 19, announced that they are now engaged after their 11-monthiversary last week.

"We are so blessed to be engaged!" the couple said. "God has written an amazing story through our courtship, and another chapter has just begun!

Jessa adds, "We are thrilled to see what the future holds!"

One day earlier, the fifth oldest of the Duggar siblings shared that Ben had gifted her a bracelet and a love letter, written by hand, to mark this occasion.

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Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald are engaged to be married! The 19 Kids and Counting star will soon walk down the aisle, TLC confirmed on Friday morning.

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald Together

In recent weeks, Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald have been so inseparable, many fans thought they might've already gotten engaged or even secretly married.

Those fans were half right, or at least half on the right track. Just give it time!

"We are so blessed to be engaged!" the happy husband and wife-to-be said in a statement released by the network that is home to the famous family.

"God has already written an amazing story through our courtship," the future Mr. and Mrs. Seewald said, and "another chapter has just begun!"

"We are thrilled to see what the future holds, especially the wedding bells!"

Jessa Duggar, 21, recently celebrated her 11th "monthiversary" of courting with Seewald, 19, who gifted her a pearl bracelet and a gushing love letter.

"What good are such beautiful pearls if not to have the grace of being worn by one so elegant and majestic as yourself?" the note read (hand-written).

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It's 11 months and counting for 19 Kids and Counting star Jessa Duggar and her boyfriend Ben Seewald, who have now been an item for that long.

The two marked the milestone in their courtship this past weekend. Jessa recently shared an Instagram photo to mark the duo's big "11th monthiversary."

Jessa and Ben Pic

"Today is our 11th 'monthiversary!'" Duggar wrote, proceeding to gush over her beau. "It was 11 months ago that this dashing man asked to court me!

"Darling, I love you now more than ever! These 11 months together have been AMAZING... I'm sure only to be superseded by the next 11! @ben_seewald."

We're taking this as both the most solid evidence yet that they're not secretly married, and that we'll see Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald engaged soon.

After she changed her name to Jesse Seewald on Instagram, many people wondered if they tied the knot in secret. Doesn't appear to be the case ... yet.

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Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard enjoyed a low-key date night in Tontitown, Ark., as the 19 Kids and Counting star's husband took her out for a spaghetti dinner.

"My sweet hubby treated me to a spaghetti dinner [last] weekend at the annual Tontitown Grape Festival!" she captioned the adorable picture below.

All that's missing is a Lady and the Tramp style pasta smooch.

Derick and Jill

These two are so cute, it's almost nauseating. In a good way. You can tell they just love being around each other and doing anything and everything together.

As for the Grape Festival, it's the largest in Northwest Arkansas.

With activities and events like the Grape Stomp, the Run for the Grapes, nightly concerts, and $12 spaghetti dinners, it's a good time for all in the Natural State.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have had plenty of those lately.

The newlyweds, who bask in wedded bliss every day at home, also took a road trip with several pals to Knoxville, Tenn., where they attended a friend's wedding.

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Jessa Duggar’s boyfriend Ben Seewald is showing men out there how it's done with his latest courtship effort, which she elatedly shared on social media.

No, he didn't bash Catholics on Facebook this time. Ben just gushed over Jessa in a hand-written letter that he gave her along with a pearl bracelet.

  • Jessa and Ben Seewald
  • Ben Seewald Letter to Jessa Duggar

Sure, the handwriting, word choice and little illustrations might sound like a 13-year-old girl came up with them, but Ben credit where it's due here.

For a rough-around-the-edges guy who shared that controversial Jessa Duggar gun photo, he sure is in touch with his sensitive side. And then some.

"These elegant pearls looked quite majestic when I picked them out," he writes.

"However, they were a bit lonely ... what good are such beautiful pearls if not to have the grace of being worn by one so elegant and majestic as yourself?"

"These pearls were lonely ... just like I am when we’re apart; but not anymore. I love you my precious princess!" Ben Seewald adds, hearts and all.

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Newlywed 19 Kids and Counting stars Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard were back near the altar once again last weekend, only this time as wedding guests.

And no, Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald weren't the ones getting married. The cute couple got dressed up in their best formal attire for a friend's wedding.

As usual, they shared an adorable photo from the event:

Derick Dillard, Jill Duggar Image

"Getting ready for our friend's wedding in Knoxville, TN!" Jill Duggar, 23, wrote via Instagram. "Congrats to Madison and Madelyn! #derickdillard #jillmdillard #wedding."

Great hashtags of your own names, Jill. Well played.

All kidding aside, Jill Duggar loves married life, and how can we make fun of that in a world where there so few uplifting stories of everlasting love?

Okay, they just celebrated one monthiversary. They're still in the honeymoon phase and have a ways to go, but does anyone doubt that these two are in it for life?

We didn't think so. Keep the photos coming, cuties.

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Josh Duggar is the oldest of the 19 Duggar kids, and he's well on his way to siring a massive brood of his own.

If he wants his family to reach reality show size, however, he may want to insist that they be old enough to walk before they start handling assault rifles.

Josh Duggar Gun Photo

Yes, that's Josh and his wife Anna posing with their kids, an unknown soldier, and said soldier's massive service weapon.

We're pretty sure even the most enthusiastic NRA lifetime member would agree that babies and toddlers shouldn't be laying hands on guns of any kind - much a less a likely loaded AR-15 -  but Josh is standing his ground and has yet to delete the photo from his Twitter page.

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It's not easy being Jana Duggar.  These days, her younger sister Jill is basking in married life and posting constant, blissful selfies online. 

To make matters worse, Jana's other, even younger sister Jessa may have just gotten married to Ben Seewald in a secret ceremony!

Yes, she may only be 24, but according to reports, Jana is already feeling the pressure to start a family in a major way. Sadly, there may be little she can do about it:

Jana Duggar Photo

"Maybe for folks in New York, isn't no big deal to be single at 25," a source tells Star magazine. "But in Arkansas, you're an old maid at 25 - and Jana is scared!"

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Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have been married for over a month already. Wow. It's a small wonder she's not pregnant by now (although maybe she is).

Baby on board or not, the newlyweds have been loving married life and posting ridiculously adorable (albeit awkward) selfies galore on their Instagrams.

Derick Dillard, Jill Duggar Picture
Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard have some lunch at work. So cute.

On Wednesday, the lovebirds connected over lunch, as the rest of us do.

She captioned the photo, "Lunch with my best friend at his workplace."

Aww. The 19 Kids and Counting star shared a sweet pic of Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard sharing a mid-day bite to eat at the office, and their faces say it all.

Derick works for Walmart, the Arkansas equivalent of a family business, as a tax accountant, after serving as a missionary overseas for two years.

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The Duggar Family Quotes

Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar

When you've missed [sex] for seven days, you look forward to it even more! - Michelle Duggar

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